2 October 2018
Every Tuesday, UCCS Campus Recreation encourages ladies to ‘climb on’ and meet other amazing women while scaling the Student Outdoor Learning Experience Center’s 27-foot climbing wall.
The event was created to provide women an opportunity to practice climbing and develop relationships with other girls on campus in a supportive atmosphere according to Outdoor Program and Trails Coordinator Christopher Ertman.
Climbing is construed as a primarily male-dominated sport. When the event began last year, the idea was to attract as many women as possible, no matter the experience level, and support them in strengthening their climbing skills.
“Last year, our goals was to have between five and seven participants each week. We now average about 20 students,” said Ertman. “I would personally encourage everyone to try climbing. It’s an amazing workout. It improves core strength, stamina, and flexibility.”
Many of the girls who go to Ladies Climb Night are repeat attenders because of how empowered it makes them feel afterwards.
“I’m not that good at rock climbing, but I thought I’d be fun to go,” said freshman Ashley Bloemen. “I came to the previous week’s Climb Night and enjoyed it. Everyone is so nice and supportive. I was determined to keep going and get better.”
Others participate as an alternative to working out in the gym.
“I like climbing and working out is fun,” said freshman Amanda Winter. “I usually go to the gym, but this is another non-traditional way to break a sweat and way more fun than lifting weights.”
No experience is necessary and all ladies are welcome. Harnesses and shoes are freely provided at the event.
“Beginner or expert — it doesn’t matter. We’ve had only positive experiences so far because everyone here roots for each other,” said Ertman.
Ladies Climb Night is held every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. throughout the fall semester.